The Urbanist

Desafio Carioca, Hong Kong and Milan

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26 January 2017

Episode 276

24 minutes


Photo: Christian Haugen

Almost a month after the new South Island Line was inaugurated, we examine the impact that it had in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, we find out how a plan to build down instead of up could create a new open-air amphitheatre in Milan’s historical centre. Plus: we play a real-life board game in which players roll the dice to roam around Rio de Janeiro.

26 January 2017

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Chapter 1

Hong Kong: South Island Line

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Back in December the city’s MTR opened its brand new South Island Line to much anticipation. And with Art Basel coming to town in just a few months, it’s very likely that it will come in handy.

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Rio de Janeiro: Desafio Carioca

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Residents of Rio de Janeiro are getting a dose of participatory urbanism in the form of a board game that’s dedicated entirely to the city. It requires players to go to one of the city’s beaches, pass through three of the city’s tourist attractions and end up in their selected neighbourhood. We roll the dice.

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Chapter 3

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Building in Milan

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We wrap up our show in Milan, a city that, amid its landmarks and centuries-old heritage, knows a thing or two about the challenges of building new. A project to bring an Apple store to its historic centre may have unearthed a novel way to create space in the city.

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